HTC Sensation XE vs Samsung Galaxy S2

Vs Tony Crammond 11:35, 20 Sep 2011

Super fast, dual-core smartphones are what the world wants right now, and they don't come much smarter and faster than today's contenders.

The smartphone market is awash with powerful, top tier devices right now but none seem to pack the punch of the two we're comparing today. Both the Samsung Galaxy S2 and the HTC Sensation XE are as fast as they come, good looking and well built, but which device would come out on top in a little
Power
When you're talking dual-core smartphones this is the round that separates the men from the boys and both of our contenders have plenty to offer.

The Galaxy S2 is powered by Samsung's own Exynos chipset, which incorporates a 1.2GHz CPU and a Mali-400MP GPU, giving it plenty of poke. The speed on offer from the chipset is assisted by 1GB RAM, so don't expect any lag or slowdown.

HTC's Sensation XE is a beast. The device runs on a 1.5GHz Snapdragon CPU with an Adreno 220 GPU on-board to handle all the visual demands. The device doesn't rival the Galaxy S2 for memory though, with only 768MB installed,  which detracts from its future proof potential.

Winner - Draw

Body & Build
HTC Sensation XE - 126.1 x 65.4 x 11.3 mm, 151g
Samsung Galaxy S2 - 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm, 116g

The HTC Sensation XE is a well built device. It's constructed of high grade materials and offers durability and a nice balance in the hand. As with all larger screened devices it is a little tough to operate single-handed, but that needn't be a big issue.

Samsung's Galaxy S2 is made using advanced plastics and, though light, doesn't benefit from the choice. For a premium device it feels flimsy and toy-like but thankfully its strength and durability aren't affected.

Like the Sensation XE the Galaxy S2 can be harder to operate one handed for those with smaller mitts, but you soon adapt.

Foibles aside it's a nice device that's a pleasure to use.

Winner - HTC Sensation XE

Software
Both devices run on version 2.3.4 of Android, giving you all the usual fun and productivity that you've come to expect from the platform.

In terms of custom overlays the Sensation XE boasts HTC's excellent Sense UI, which gives the device a huge advantage over others in the same price-band.

The custom widgets, applications and eye-candy make the device seem slicker than your average smartphone and all your social networking stuff is available at a glance, along with your messages and emails. Overall Sense UI, in this latest iteration, is better than ever.

The Galaxy S2 comes with its own custom UI, Samsung's TouchWiz 4.0, which has high aspirations.

At a glance it's a nice addition to Android (which can sometimes appear a little bare-bones) but after a while you may tire of its Play Mobil 'good looks' and yearn for something a little bit more contemporary. We're sure it will come into its own, but just now it can't hold a candle to Sense UI.

Winner - HTC Sensation XE

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